multi-county: congressional reps, all state senate, all assembly,
Here are the results from yesterday’s primary election…
Voters in The 20th congressional district, which includes portions of santa cruz, monterey, and san benito counties, sent democratic incumbent sam farr onto the November general election, along with republican challenger jeff taylor. California’s new “top-2 primary” could have resulted in 2 members of the same party advancing to the general election, but republican jeff taylor gained 23-point-9 percent of the vote, far more than the next-top finisher. Farr garnered 62-point-7 percent of the vote.
in santa cruz county, where part of the 18th congressional district lies, democratic incumbent anna eshoo and republican dave chapman will compete in november. eshoo leads the unofficial results by a margin of 63-point-9 percent to 27-point-56 percent.
The 30th state assembly district also spans across the tri-county area. incumbent luis alejo, a democrat, was the top-vote-getter, leading republican challenger rob bernosky by a margin of 59-point-8-percent to 40-percent. Those 2 candidates are expected to compete again during the November general election.
Voters in 29th assembly district, which includes portions of santa clara, monterey and santa cruz counties favored democrat mark stone, who leads over the next-top finisher, republican tom walsh, by a margin of 51-point-6-percent to 34-point-4 percent.
Bob fultz trailed those 2 with 13-point-8-percent of the vote.
The 17th state senate district includes santa cruz county, and san luis obisbo counties, and parts of monterey and santa clara counties. in that contest, democrat bill monning leads republican larry beaman by a margin of 60-percent to 40-percent. (The seat is currently held by republican sam Blakeslee, who decided not to run for re-election following the re-drawing of the district’s boundaries). Monning and beaman were the only 2 candidates, and are likely to face each other again in November.
santa cruz county:
Santa cruz county voters in 3-districts were deciding on their county supervisors yesterday. In supervisorial district 1, john leopold was re-elected with more than 70-percent of the votes cast in his favor. District-2 voters chose zach friend to represent them on the board of supervisors. friend, the current spokesman for the santa cruz police department, captured 57-point17-percent of the vote. And the district-5 seat is likely to go to a runoff in november, as no candidate received more-than-50-percent of the vote. bruce mcpherson nearly cleared the hurdle, winning 49-point-48-percent of the vote. he will face eric hammer this november, who finished 2nd with 38-point-11 percent.
Meanwhile, Voters in various parts of santa cruz county had some parcel tax measures to decide on, which would respectively go towards funding 3-local school districts. Measures I, j, and k all needed 2/3 majority to pass, and all did, by a wide margin. Meanwhile, measure c, which would authorize the issuance of bonds for the west valley-mission community college district, passed with more than 58-percent of the vote. 55-percent was needed to approve measure c.
3 open seats on the monterey county board of supervisors were contested yesterday, and 2 of them look like they will be contested again in november runoffs. In supervisorial district 1 no candidate captured more than 50-percent of the votes. fernando armenta and tony barrera were the top 2 vote-getters, and will face each other again in the general election. the District 4 race was decided, with jane parker capturing 56-point-28-percent of her district’s vote. and in supervisorial district 5, marc del piero and incumbent dave potter are set for a runoff in november.
Elsewhere in monterey county,
3 greenfield politicians were facing recalls yesterday. Mayor john huerta junior looks likely to narrowly lose his seat. 418 votes were cast for his recall, only 21 more than those against the effort. greenfield city councilmember Yolanda teneyuque was also recalled, but by a much wider margin. more than 71-percent voted for her removal. also recalled was City councilmember john martinez, who saw more than 64-percent of his districts voters decide in favor of his removal.
replacements for those potentially being recalled were also chosen yesterday. as all were recalled, leonard dart was elected mayor, while agapito vazquez and yvette gonzales are set to join the greenfield city council.
Meanwhile, voters in Greenfield also decided on whether or not to enact a 1-cent sales tax for 5-years. Measure “X” needed a simply majority to pass, and it did so easily, with 63-point-35 percent voting in favor.
and In soledad, voters approved measure “Y,” which enacts a 1-percent sales tax in the city for 5 years.
san benito county:
There were 3-seats being voted on for the san benito county board of supervisors yesterday. Voters in district 1 narrowly gave margie barrios the seat. she won 51-point-12 percent of the vote in her district, while in supervisorial district 2 anthony bothelo won, with 57-point-54 percent of the vote. The district 5 vote went in favor of jaime de la cruz, who garnered nearly 66-percent.
Voters in the city of hollister were faced with deciding on whether or not to alter a couple of local offices. Measure b would change the mayor to a position to 1 that is directly elected by the voters, has more power, and would receive a higher salary. (Currently the city council appoints a member as a rotating mayor). Measure b passed easily, with more than 70-percent of the vote.
Measure c stipulated how long that new strong mayor would be elected for: 2 or 4 years. voters chose a 2-year term for the mayor.
And measure d asked voters if the Hollister treasurer should be appointed. That measure was defeated, meaning the office will remain and elective position.